Notes on the 2016 Soccer Season
By Chris Spaulding, GPCS Athletic Director
It was an exciting season on the soccer field for GPCS teams this fall! We watched players hit career milestones, a team make the playoffs for the first time in a decade and another win a league championship.
The GPCS middle school soccer team competes in the Maine Christian School Sports League’s JV division which includes teams from 12 schools and a home school co-op from across the state of Maine. The teams consist of boys and girls in grades 4th through 12th grade. Our team was runner-up last year after going undefeated until losing the championship game to Windham Christian. This year our team was undefeated until losing their last regular season game to Coastal Christian at our homecoming. The team showed resilience that included an overtime win over Coastal Christian in the semifinals and culminated with a 1-0 victory over Living Waters Christian in the Championship! Kemsley Marsters (5th grade) scored the game winner in both games.
The GPCS girls varsity team won their first game in five seasons during the 2015 campaign. There were loftier goals for this season; make the MPA Class D South playoffs. The tip seven teams in D South make the MPA tournament this year. The last time a GPCS girls team made the playoffs was in 2005. The final game of the regular season had the 8th ranked Lions facing the 7th ranked Pine Tree Academy Breakers. The winner of this game would earn enough Heal Points to qualify for the playoffs. Just over midway through the first half the Lions were awarded a free kick; Courtney Spaulding quickly set the ball and put it in the back of the net. The goal would prove to be the game winner as the Lions won 1-0 and qualified for their first post season game in 11 years. The girls were eliminated from the tournament 4-1 to Buckfield but have already set loftier goals for themselves next season. The goals will be a tall task as the Lions graduate two seniors who led the way all season; Natalie Smith and Grace MacDougall.
The GPCS varsity boys team had come off three consecutive trips to the MPA Class D tournament, including two consecutive trip to the semifinal round. Unfortunately they faced tough odds after graduating nine players in two years and came up short of a fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The finished the season strong, losing a tough 1-0 battle to defending class D South champion Buckfield at homecoming. The Lions bounced back defeating Chop Point 10-0 after barely beating them in overtime the first time they played. Jeremiah Hammond became the third player in school history to score 50 career goals in that game. The Lions ended the season with an exclamation point the following week with a 10-1 win against Pine Tree Academy. The Breakers had beaten the Lions 5-3 the first game of the season. Ethan Spaulding set a career milestone in this game, becoming the just the fifth Maine High School Boy to score over 100 goals in their career. Spaulding had seven goals on the day and ended his career with a GPCS record of 102 career goals. The Lions look to return to the playoffs in the near future despite losing three strong seniors; Hammond, Spaulding and Eddie Daigneault. All three hope to play in college.
Three GPCS players were chosen to the Maine Soccer Coaches Association Class D South All Star Team: Courtney Spaulding Sophomore Forward, Jeremiah Hammond Senior Midfielder was chosen for the second time and Ethan Spaulding Senior Forward becomes the first four time selection for GPCS. All three will be honored at the Maine Soccer Coaches Association All Star Banquet at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor at 1pm on Sunday December 6, 2017. Hammond and Ethan Spaulding will also play in the Maine Soccer Coaches Association’s annual Senior All Star Game at Husson University in Bangor at Noon on Sunday November 13, 2017.